I am grateful for paid vacations! My employer doesn't have the most progressive vacation policy going, but I reached the 4 wks/year level last year, so am happy for now.
And even happier right now since my vacation leave starts at 4:01 this afternoon...woohoooo!!! :D I'll be off for three wonderful weeks (except I have to work next Tuesday) and I cannot wait. Not that I hate my job or anything, but I think we all know where my passion lies and it's not accounting! ;) I'm trying hard to remain engaged and to continue putting in my best effort for the next year or so until (God willing), I can go back to school and start studying for my MDiv. But it's not easy - thank heavens I like the people I work with, that definitely helps me stay motivated.
In the meantime, I've agreed to be the Account Executive for my department's United Way campaign this year. Not something I would have volunteered for, but when asked, I agreed because well someone has to do it, and it will at least give me something different to do.
My involvement last year was limited to the Day of Caring, which I wrote about here. I don't have all the details on what being an Account Executive (AE) entails at this point, just a brief blurb outlining the basics. I met with last year's AE a couple weeks ago, plus have a formal training session coming up next week, the timing of which sucks since means I have to work during my vacation, but is only one day so not a big deal. I could have declined the appointment, I suppose, but if I'm going to be AE, I'd like to learn as much as I can about provincial campaign and what's expected of an AE. I also don't want to pass up the opportunity for networking since all the other departmental AEs will be there as well, some new like me and others returning from past years. There may be fundraising ideas that could be cross departmental, who knows...although each department sets their own goal and so I suspect some (hopefully friendly) rivalry exists!
Anyway...back to my VACATION!! I say "my" vacation because Dave isn't sure if he'll get any, although he's hoping to take the week of July 5th off, if nothing else. Mark and Valerie are on vacation starting next week too, so hopefully we'll all be able to spend at least a couple days together at some point. I am really looking forward to being at the camper...just relaxing, catching up on some reading, taking the odd daytrip here and there. Possibly pop over to Burntcoat Head, as it's really not far at all from the campground. Perhaps revisit the lovely waterfalls in Upper Burnside, since I haven't been there in a few years. Who knows where I'll end up really, there are so many unexpected delights in Nova Scotia! And many fabulous provincial parks, with hiking trails and look offs and gorgeous scenery. Although I think of all these great things to do, but don't necessarily ever get around to doing them, so don't be surprised if I return from vacation having done not much of anything at all!
One provincial park in particular intrigues me though, partly because I'd never heard of it before last year. So I really do hope to check this one out over the summer - here's the blurb from the gov website:
Taylor Head - Eastern Shore - Located southwest of Sheet Harbour, on Route 7(Marine Drive) Taylor Head Park occupies a rugged wind swept peninsula that juts 6 km into the Atlantic Ocean. The park's hiking trails and walks provide access to a variety of natural habitat, interesting geological features, and wildlife species, scenic look-offs, secluded beaches and 16 km (10 mi.) of unspoiled coastline. Civic address: 20140 Hwy # 7, Taylor Head. Download the brochure for this park. For images of this park see its Photo Gallery.
Not sure if I'll manage to post any entries while I'm on vacation or not. In case not...have a joyful few weeks and I'll *talk* to you later in the month! :)